[Skiboot] [PATCH v1 0/5] New HBRT interfaces

Stewart Smith stewart at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed Aug 19 09:30:12 AEST 2015

Daniel M Crowell <dcrowell at us.ibm.com> writes:
> I'm just not seeing what adding this argument gets us.  If you really 
> think that we need to hit people over the head with this information then 
> we should change the command itself to something more frightening.  If 
> we're worried about a user bricking their system, we need to restrict all 
> access to pnor and vpd.  It is a lot easier to permanently make a system 
> unbootable by messing around there then it is to call an obscure 
> htmgt_pass_thru interface.

I'm looking at it buying us two things:
1) when someone on a random web forum suggests to run a command, someone
   entering it will see "--danger-mode" and at least get a warning that
   perhaps they're doing things that are, well, not completely
   A "think twice" rather than active protection.
2) When we get a bug report in, and there's --danger-mode we can quickly
   hand it off to the right team, and if the bug report isn't from
   manufacturing, we can just say "congratulations, you can keep both pieces".

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